The Wild Buck, Book 1

Book characters Molly and Fern come to life in this storybook video:

Available at amazon, use direct ‘buy book’ link at this site for amazon purchase.

Set in iconic Pebble Beach. Includes recipes and charming illustrations of Del Monte Forest.

Autographed book and gift sets available at Monterey, CA Fisherman’s Wharf, Carousel Candies at the Huckleberry Hill Boutique.

Carousel Candies, Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf

Available in beautiful Carmel, CA at the Crossroads Shopping Center at Zearly- whimsical gifts for babies, children and parents.

The Wild Buck is in terrific company!

I am so honored to be in this adorable Carmel store. Unique and whimsical gifts for babies, children, and families.

Zearly Carmel, 161 Crossroads Blvd. Carmel,CA

This well- priced, adorable shop with convenient parking in the Crossroads Shopping Center features creations by local artists, heirloom furnishings, nursery linens and decorations, toys, games, and specialty clothing for little ones.  They also feature carefully curated selections of reclaimed children’s clothing.

Love the classic and vintage feel, it is like walking into a visual feast of yester-year with all the combined treasures of past and present. Local’s enjoy that the location has proximity for frozen yogurt(next door!), Burger Shop, Cafes, numerous boutiques, the pet store, local Safeway and CVS. So it combines the convenience of a local boutique experiences with convenience shopping in a beautiful outdoor mall. It also has terrific inventory on items needed for ballet, jazz, theatre or performing arts.

The shop offers an easy registry or gift list to share with friends and family it’s as easy as following this link,

The Wild Buck, Adventures on Huckleberry Hill, Book 1

Join Molly and Fern in search of a wild buck in this heartwarming tale. Creative sister Molly loves daydreaming. Fern can’t sit still. Nonna Frances creates Italian inspired culinary delights. They make a fun and enthralling team.  Each chapter includes a delicious recipe. Bake with wild California huckleberries. Explore the nature and fauna of a world famous evergreen climate.  This engaging story is majestically set in Del Monte Forest, along the rustic central coast. Return to Huckleberry Hill often. What adventures shall we plan next?


-Carmel Pine Cone Article-

July 2017

Book by P.B. writer urges kids to get out and explore


THE TALE of two girls on a quest to find an elusive wild buck in Del Monte Forest — and all the magnificent distractions they encounter along the way — is the subject of a new children’s book by a Pebble Beach author.

In the “The Wild Buck,” written by Maxine Carlson, sisters Molly and Fern live in a “sprawling” house atop Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach but frequently venture outside, which leads them on a search for a mysterious wild buck.

“The book really features the flora and fauna and unique setting of Pebble Beach,” Carlson told The Pine Cone about the book, which is illustrated by Drew McSherry.

The girls, during their exploration of the forest, come across many other natural elements typical of the Monterey Peninsula; quail, woodpeckers, banana slugs, honeysuckle, huckleberries, Monterey pines, and the aroma of the Pacific Ocean.

“And always misty fog,” Carlson said.

The book, Carlson explained, features an important and relevant message for 21st century, tech-savvy kids, who are often glued to their electronic devices: get out and enjoy nature more often.

“Have adventures wherever you are and really explore your environment,” she said. “You can’t do that if you are only doing screen time.”

Carlson, 47, based Molly on herself, and Fern on her real- life sister, Francine, 45, both of whom grew up in Pebble Beach and were regularly encouraged by their grandmother, Frances Davi-Cardinalli, to go into the open and play. When they were growing up, iPods and iPads weren’t invented yet and the forest was their playground.

“Back then we were always outside, and that’s what kept our imagination going,” she said.

Nonna, as they called their grandma, was a good cook, and coming together to eat as a family was an essential part of their Italian heritage and culture. That’s why Carlson decided to include some of her Nonna’s recipes in “The Wild Buck.”

The story is the first in the Huckleberry Hill Adventure Series, which Carlson said includes three written but yet-to- be published tales also set throughout the Monterey Peninsula, including one in Carmel.

My name is Maxine Carlson. My husband Eric, daughter Bella Sophia and dog Snowball are the light of my life (photo below). I am following my dream of writing and publishing children’s books. Follow my family as we have Italian inspired culinary and life adventures on Huckleberry Hill in Pebble Beach California.

Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (A.K.A. Molly)

My lights, Bella Sophia and hubby Eric. At beautiful San Carlos Cathedral Royal Presidio Chapel in Monterey.